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The injury to linebacker Sean Weatherspoon will force Paul Worrilow to step up his game.
Paul Worrilow was the Falcons' breakout performer last season. The undrafted rookie out of Delaware stepped up after Atlanta's linebacking corps was decimated by injuries. He finished the season with 127 combined tackles and two sacks.
With Sean Weatherspoon rupturing his Achilles tendon in the offseason, the Falcons will again look to Worrilow to step his game up.
With a year under his belt, Worrilow should expect to see his game improve. According to Jay Adams of AtlantaFalcons.com, he believes he has benefited from his first offseason as a professional:
I feel better. I feel more powerful, a lot quicker. It wasn’t like I was just in the weight room pumping iron every single day. I was on the field probably just as much as I was in the weight room. The big thing with putting the weight on was just a change in diet.
When you’re a professional, you have access to a greater income for food shopping and groceries that you can really focus in on your diet. I attribute that more to my weight change and my physical body difference than it was the workouts.
The Falcons defense ranked 27th in the league last year, allowing an average of 379.4 yards per game. They have to improve on this side of the ball. Worrilow will need to continue his development as an all-around linebacker this season.